Thursday, December 31, 2015

>>>>>Happy New Years from MFC!

Another year over, a new one just begun...

Goodbye 2015!

Hello 2016!!

Was I asking for much? I didn't think so. And the Mets delivered. It was a good year for us Mets fans.
Thank you Metropolitans!


 This goes out to Mike who requested a 62mfc Joe Hicks. This will be added to the 62mfc Mets page. Thank you for the request and your amazin' Mets memories Mike. Your name has become part of the Polo Grounds structure.


I hope to complete the 2015 World Series posts before the 2016 season starts. The cards are all done, I just have to write up the games. I haven't been into it lately. This may be a reflection of this Mets offseason.

My mfc Mets slogan for 2015 was "Mojo Risin'", a call back to another time. I thought it was perfect then and even more now in retrospect. Mets Fantazy Cards slogan for 2016 was going to be "Let's Do It Again!" but unfortunately the Mets front office's slogan seems to be "Lightning Can Strike Twice (at the trade deadline)!" so I may have to re-think that. 

Come on Fred, Saul, & Jeff...
Loosen up, or a good thing may slip away.
This is your chance to win everybody back. Maybe your last.
Take that chance. Show that you believe. Surround these pitchers with what they need to do what they are capable of.
Do that and we'll own New York for the next five years. 

And HAPPY NEW YEAR to you guys. 
Let's do it again.

New Year Bonus Link

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

mfc Phil Pepe Tribute

The great New York City sportswriter Phil Pepe passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Mr. Pepe was known for his acuity about baseball history and strategy and had a reputation for writing lively game stories. He covered all sports but his great passion was baseball.

“There was a time, in another time in New York, when whatever had happened the day before or the night before with the Yankees didn’t become official until you picked up the Daily News and read Phil Pepe,”  
                                                                 ~Mike Lupica. 

Philip Francis Pepe was born in Manhattan on March 21, 1935, and grew up in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, the son of Michael Pepe Jr., a bookkeeper, and the former Lillian Martini, a store clerk. He graduated from Lafayette High School and St. John’s University and served in the Army.

Mr. Pepe joined The World-Telegram & Sun in the 1950s and covered the Yankees from 1961 until 1966, when the newspaper merged with The Journal American and The Herald Tribune. 
After a stint writing radio copy with a fellow broadcaster Howard Cosell, he joined the Daily News in 1968 as the beat writer for the Yankees and wrote the lead story for the paper on every World Series game from 1969-1981. He then succeeded Dick Young as The News sports columnist in 1982. Pepe covered most of Muhammad Ali’s championship fights, as well as the Knicks championship years.

After leaving the paper in 1989, Pepe did morning sports for WCBS radio for more than 15 years -- including his popular "Pep Talk" segment."A giant among baseball writers who never got his true credit," Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden told the Daily News.

He was the executive director of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the past 21 years, having also served as the chapter’s chairman in 1975 and 1976. He attended every BBWAA awards dinner since 1962 and ran the event for more than two decades.

In addition to his career in newspapers and radio, Pepe was a prolific author, writing close to 50 books with some of sports’ biggest names. He co-wrote Bob Gibson’s autobiography, and wrote books with Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Ken Griffey Sr., Jim Kaat, Gary Carter, Bud Harrelson, Howie Rose and Tim McCarver. His last book was in 2013 on the Yankees’ Core Four.

“He was a mentor to me and a giant among baseball writers who never got his true credit. He is going to be sorely missed by the New York chapter of baseball writers.”
~Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden (who succeeded Mr. Pepe as The Daily News’ Yankee beat writer).

Pepe is survived by daughter Jayne and her husband Steve Platts; sons David, Jim and John; daughters-in-law Maria and Sherry Pepe; and five grandchildren.

Culled from three articles by Mark Feinsand, Bill Price, Bruce Weber, and AP
Photographs from The Daily News.

Phil Pepe, right, with Mets pitcher Tug McGraw in the sports department of The Daily News in October 1969. Credit Gene Kappock/New York Daily News Archive, via Getty Images

Two greats, Phil Pepe and Sports Artist/Cartoonist Bill Gallo ham it up for the cameras in 1969.

RIP Mr. Pepe. You were read and respected by all New Yorkers.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

>>>>>Mets Offseason News: Cuddyer To Retire!

I can't say this didn't shock the beejeezuz outta me. Cuddyer announces he'll hang 'em up. The hardest thing a team player will ever have to do is leave the game. And Mr. Cuddyer is an ultimate team player.

If you read anything today, read this:

Cuddy's 2016 mfc card
This isn't the first time I've done a Boyhood card for Cuddy. He provided a few nice pics in the link above so you don't have to twist my arm. Coach Cuddy get's another. And lets see what we have as far as Cuddyer's mfc collection goes.

Same dimpled smile.


Cuddyer custom cards from some other card makers.

The Shlabotnik Report
In Mets We Trust

The Dirty

Live long and prosper Mr. Cuddyer!

Friday, December 11, 2015

>>>>Out with the old, in with the new!

And by that I don't mean the players, although it is also fitting. 

Goodbye Daniel Murphy, goodbye Jon Niese. You served us well and you will be missed. Limp over and take a seat Wilmer and Ruben. Hello Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera.

What I really mean is goodbye to the 2015 Topps design and hello to the Topps 2016 design.

The Topps 2016 design: I like it and I hope to like it even better when I am viewing one in my own hands. 

Even still, for the mfc counterpart versions I have made some changes. I'm old school. I like baseball cards with borders. So the mfc Mets will go with the border type. 

I don't care what Topps does with other teams logos but they can't mess with the greatest logo known to man and the universe. You can't only show a part of that logo, sorry Topps. mfc cards will go full frontal using the Mets realogo.

White looks good, but if I was thinking in terms of other teams, or a set, I would take a look at how the cards look in something closer to each teams colors. 

I'm sad to see DaMurph and Hawkman go but I like that the Mets are filling the holes. There is still a big hole needing to be filled. An impact bat like the one Cespedes brought. Cespedes himself is also acceptable (if he'll take four years-fogettabout seven). 

Art by Davide Barco
Mr. Wilpon: You can't put the cart before the horse. Put a good product on the field and the fans will come and you'll make money. Don't think that an outside chance like we had in 2015 will happen again or is good enough for 2016. Don't wait. Immediately build around the pitching we are so fortunate to have at such an affordable price and for what might be a limited time. To do anything less would be irresponsible. The time is now.